Valley Meat Co. to sue New Mexico AG

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SANTA FE, NM – A lawyer representing the owner of a proposed horse slaughter plant gave notice of his plans to sue New Mexico Attorney General Gary King for "malicious abuse of the court system", the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Blair Dunn represents Valley Meat Co., a former beef processing business that has been converted to accommodate horse slaughter. In December, King went to court seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Valley Meat from slaughtering horses. King said the facility is a threat to consumer health and the environment. Dunn said political gain is motivating King's lawsuit. King is running for governor of New Mexico.

The US Department of Agriculture issued grants of inspection to Valley Meat Co. and two other facilities trying to process horse meat for export to international markets.
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By Janwindsong 1/8/2014 8:23:53 AM
Thank goodness King filed his suit. After reading the decision by the Water Board, it is apparent this de los Santos has been operating above the law for yearss. He promises to comply and fails. Numerous instances of overflow of water ponds red with blood and dead decaying cattle remnants stacked nearby. He had no permit for composting and he had no permit for water discharge. I'm sure now that his neighbors know what he exposed their water supply to, they will be inquiring and he will probably be sued for property devaluation of neighbors. King justifably restrained him from adding adulterated meat to the formula, in the form of horses administered drugs not to be given if the animal is headed for slaughter. But since horses are not food in America, most are given drugs which take them out of the human food chain. I guess it is okay in the eyes of some business people to go ahead and send that meat overseas, but no one I know and respect would do that. I think it is time those who would do that put their names on the product so that when a person comes down with illnesses that can be connected with eating adulterated meat can sue them without having to deal with too much red tape. That is, if the meat is so safe - there should be no problem standing behind it. Somehow I think few will do that.